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Learn a straightforward approach to creating stunning details.

I come to the field of woodworking with an unfair advantage. I grew up in a family jewelry business and did a lot of detail work from an early age. So it’s no surprise that when I started making furniture I was drawn to the detailed work of marquetry and inlay. Even a simple inlay can make an otherwise plain piece of furniture more appealing. It can also serve as the perfect final touch on a near-masterpiece.

A pair of flower inlays – one in abalone and reconstituted stone, the other (below) in mother-of-pearl, brass and reconstituted stone – and a smoothing plane with white, pink and gold mother-of-pearl and brass inlays.

Using a combination of materials – from wood to more exotic materials such as shell, stone and metal – endless effects can be obtained. The work can be done with tools found in most shops and the results are beautiful.

I’ll guide you through the straightforward process of installing a shell inlay.


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